Recently I was fortunate to visit an organic farm at Panvel, near Mumbai. Though born and brought up in Kerala, the only farmland I had ever visited till recently was my grandpa’s paddy fields near our hometown. When I visited it on a hot summer afternoon, it didn’t seem so interesting, but that was more than 15 years back!
I was looking forward to this visit since we planned our trip to Mumbai a few months back as I had seen the pictures and heard how passionately my uncle made his dream come true. But it turned out to be totally beyond my imagination! Salute this man, my uncle, who decided to set up his own organic farm, at an age people decide to retire!!! He has spent almost 2 years on research and collecting the information from various resources including the internet before he set out to actually start procuring and planting. You may not believe, but he spends all his weekdays here, looking after the affairs carefully, making sure no one plucks the fruits of his hard-work a day before or later. He stays back near the farm, away from his charming family, most importantly, away from his two darling grandchildren, to take care of the beauty that the farm is.
Roots Farm, at Morbe Village, is a place people should visit at least once in their lifetime. It may be a little early to suggest now, as many plants and trees are still being planted and many facilities are still being developed within the farm. But I still suggest you make a visit now, to know what it takes to build up such a vision so that a few years down the lane, you can see how beautifully Roots have grown strong and healthy!
On a beautiful winter morning, we visited the farm after our sumptuous breakfast. The Malang gad stands tall on one side of the farm, though a little far. All I can share with you are some pictures. You have to visit the farm to enjoy the fresh smell of turmeric, coriander, jasmine, lemon and more in different parts of the farm. We munched on fresh green crunchy guava straight from the tree. I had long forgotten how fresh guava tasted and relished this time!
My favorite place was the dairy – had long-forgotten that milk came from cows!!! We are so used to buying the packets from the market!!! In fact, that’s one of the reasons my uncle decided to make his dream come true, to let his grandchildren understand from where and how food comes on to their table.
The calves looked at us bewildered first. But then, they were so friendly and cool!
Did I tell you, this is my uncle’s venture after he successfully built up an empire in the 90s? That’s a different saga altogether – building up Good Knight from the scratch, at a time when there was hardly any technology or processes in place in India! Coming back to Roots, here’s how you can contact them for fresh organic vegetables, fruits, and A2 milk.
Click here to go to Roots’ facebook page Relish the fresh produce that ranges from cabbage, cauliflower, sweet potatoes, lady’s finger, brinjal, beans, carrot, radish, coriander, methi, turmeric, ginger, guava, bananas (any Malayali’s residing near Mumbai, you wouldn’t want to miss the authentic Kerala Nedrappazham!), lime, musumbi, lemons, green chilli, Kandari (that’s another hot version of chilli), jasmine, jackfruit, mangoes, greens like spinach and it’s varieties and every good thing under the sun.
And one more thing, in a few years’ time you will see around 3000 trees of different varieties growing up here. Many rare varieties of trees are planted here. Did I tell you about the Solar Plant inside, that powers most of the farm? And the natural water reservoirs? What’s more? Well, in a few months’ time, you will also be able to stay in the cottages being built on the farm and get to mingle with the cows, quails, rabbits and more growing up there. This will be the perfect getaway to enjoy the farm experience. Far away from the hectic city craziness!!! There’s a restaurant coming up where you can enjoy some authentic Indian food made from fresh organic produce.
If you love farming, you will love visiting The Roots. Afterall, its one man’s passion and the family’s effort in making his dream come true, for the future generations. It’s his gift to humanity, for healthy living, for unadulterated, organic produce. Food that you can eat without worrying about its origin.
Roots’ Farm, I fell in love with you at the first sight! Will long to see you again, very soon!!!